DALLAS, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Steve's Ice Cream®, a Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) brand acquired in 2017, has been reimagined with a new visual identity and campaign, strengthening its connection to creativity and highlighting its unexpected flavors. From its inception as an ice cream shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1973, Steve's is broadly acknowledged as the founder of the craft ice cream movement in the U.S. From iconic flavors like Brooklyn Blackout Cake and Small Batch Bourbon Vanilla, to seven new additions this year including Sicilian Chocolate Cannoli and dairy-free Moroccan Mash Up, Steve's continues to pave the way for creating one-of-a-kind ice cream and frozen dessert experiences.
To bring its deliciously creative spirit to life, Steve's enlisted the talents of Seattle-based artist Drew Wicklund – whose work embraces both the art and brand design worlds – to bring the full family of Steve's to life through refreshed packaging. Wicklund's hand-drawn designs highlight the inspiration for each flavor by creating unique identifying icons that define each variety. With Small Batch Bourbon Vanilla, it's the barrel that forms the bourbon and with Wildflower Honey Pistachio, it's the bumble bee that creates the sweet honey swirl.
"While my beginnings at a young age were as an artist, as I entered my professional career, I ended up in the design world. This collaboration with Steve's allowed me to marry both of my passions into thoughtful creations," said Drew Wicklund, designer for Steve's Ice Cream. "My goal for this packaging was not only to catch the consumer's attention, but ensure each creation was informed by the exciting palettes and globally-inspired flavors that live inside every pint."
"We are excited to engage with art and artists from packaging and content creation, to experiential activations this summer," said Mark Schneider, Marketing Director, Ice Cream, Dean Foods. "Creativity and experimentation have always been central to the Steve's DNA and this refresh celebrates its long-standing heritage."
While the packaging has been redesigned, fans can still expect the same great taste and quality with wholesome ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors. The new ice cream flavors, made with grass-grazed milk, include Spearmint Chocolate Brownie, Sicilian Chocolate Cannoli and Cold-Brewed Cinnamon Coffee; and dairy-free flavors, made with organic coconut cream, include Moroccan Mash Up, Passion Carnivale, Cold-Brewed Cinnamon Coffee, and Chocolate Cherry Blossom.
New Ice Cream Varieties:
- Spearmint Chocolate Brownie – Crafted with fragrant spearmint from Washington State and real brownie pieces.
- Sicilian Chocolate Cannoli – Combines rich chocolate ice cream, fudge covered cannoli pieces, chocolate chips and a sweet ricotta swirl.
- Cold-Brewed Cinnamon Coffee – Made with cold-brewed 100% Arabica fair trade coffee and finished off with a hint of cinnamon to add a touch of spice.
New Dairy-Free Varieties:
- Moroccan Mash Up – Made by infusing organic coconut cream with honey/orange blossom flavor, a pomegranate swirl and chopped almonds, inspired by exotic cultures and flavors.
- Passion Carnivale – A vibrant mix of organic coconut cream, passionfruit, ribbons of caramel, and mango pieces.
- Cold-Brewed Cinnamon Coffee – Made with cold-brewed 100% Arabica fair trade coffee and organic coconut cream and finished off with a hint of cinnamon to add a touch of spice.
- Chocolate Cherry Blossom – A delicate blend that mixes organic coconut cream, natural cherry blossom flavor, with decadent chocolate flakes.
Steve's Ice Cream is available in both dairy and dairy-free flavors at select grocery retailers nationwide, including multiple Albertsons/Safeway divisions, Target, Harris-Teeter, Hannaford, and Wegmans, located in the freezer department. To learn more about Steve's Ice Cream and where to buy them in-store, visit StevesIceCream.com.
To fulfill its mission to inspire creativity in the world, Steve's will partner with contemporary artists this summer in several markets to create immersive experiences to whet the palates of consumers. Follow the brand's social media channels @stevesicecream for the most up-to-date announcements on all of the ways Steve's is making this summer's ice cream season so unexpectedly tasty.
About Dean Foods
Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fresh fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Dean Foods portfolio includes DairyPure®, the country's first and largest fresh, white milk national brand, and TruMoo®, the leading national refrigerated flavored milk brand, along with well-known regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena®, Berkeley Farms®, Country Fresh®, Dean's®, Friendly's®, Garelick Farms®, LAND O LAKES®milk and cultured products, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms®, Mayfield®, McArthur®, Meadow Gold®, Oak Farms®, PET®, T.G. Lee®, Tuscan® and more. In all, Dean Foods has more than 50 national, regional and local dairy brands as well as private labels. Dean Foods also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, and bottled water. Over 15,000 employees across the country work every day to make Dean Foods the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at every occasion. For more information about Dean Foods and its brands, visit www.deanfoods.com.
 The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O'Lakes, Inc. and is used under license.
 PET is a trademark of Eagle Family Foods Group LLC and is used under license.
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